Kids Cook Monday: Tuna and Spinach Bake

Tuna and Spinach Bake is an Easy, Yet Impressive Family Dinner

For busy families, it helps to have several go-to recipes that are tasty, inexpensive and easy to make.

While running with one of my good friends last month, we were sharing simple dishes that you can have on the table within a half hour. My friend told me about this Tuna and Spinach Bake, and I was thrilled to find that I already had all the ingredients at home.

No need to head to the store!

My kids love to help make this recipe, and it disappears pretty quickly after I take it out of the oven. What's even better is that tuna and spinach are both healthy ingredients and a nice change from ground beef or pasta on a weeknight.

As my friend observed, Tuna and Spinach bake is impressive, even though its very easy. You can serve it with white rice and salad for a meal, or slice it into smaller pieces for a party appetizer. Either way, people may think that you have spent a lot more preparation time than it actually takes!

This dish is hearty and filling, but relatively low-fat and healthy. If you prefer to make your own dough, rather than use refrigerated crescent rolls, try 100% whole wheat flour to make this recipe even healthier.

Tuna and Spinach Bake
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Cook Time for Tuna and Spinach Bake

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4-6 main dish servings

Ingredients for Tuna and Spinach Bake

  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tuna (packed in water), drained
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmasen cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 oz Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, chopped (if desired)
Ingredients for Tuna and Spinach Bake
Ingredients for Tuna and Spinach Bake | Source

Instructions for Making Tuna and Spinach Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine tuna, spinach, egg, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic, pepper and roasted red pepper (if desired)
  3. Lightly apply cooking spray on a baking sheet. Open crescent roll package and unroll onto the pan and press lightly to close perforation marks
  4. Spread the tuna/spinach filling down the center of the dough, about 3 inches wide. Sprinkle filling with grated Mozzarella cheese
  5. Carefully fold the edges of the dough in toward the middle, covering most, if not all, of the filling
  6. In a small bowl, whisk egg together with water. Use a pastry brush and apply on the top of the dough
  7. Place into oven and bake at 375 for 20 minutes, or until dough is browned. Serve warm.
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Preparing the Crescent Roll dough
Preparing the Crescent Roll dough | Source
Filling for tuna and spinach bake
Filling for tuna and spinach bake | Source
Applying the filling to the dough
Applying the filling to the dough | Source
Ready to put the Tuna and Spinach bake into the oven
Ready to put the Tuna and Spinach bake into the oven | Source

How to Squeeze Water out of Frozen Chopped Spinach

Tips for Making Tuna and Spinach Bake

  • Use water-packed tuna, rather than tuna packed in oil
  • Use chunk light tuna - slightly more expensive, but better tasting
  • Consider low-fat cheese options
  • Try adding fresh or dried herbs (oregano, thyme, parsley)
  • Instead of a whole egg, use egg white
  • If you prefer not to use crescent roll dough, make your own dinner roll bread recipe and roll out into a 1/4 inch thick roll, into an approx. 14x10 inch rectangle

Another Frozen Chopped Spinach Appetizer Recipe

Serving Suggestions and Alternative Ingredients

Tuna and spinach bake is great with steamed white or brown rice. Add a side salad and you have a delicious family meal.

Leftovers can be refrigerated and enjoyed within a few days. Simply reheat in the microwave or warm slowly in the oven at 250 degrees for 15 minutes. Try serving with a cup of your favorite soup for a hearty lunch.

If tuna is not your favorite ingredient, try canned salmon or canned chicken instead.

You can also swap out the spinach with cooked rice in the filling for a different taste and texture.

Experiment with other additions for the filling, including chopped black olives, diced sweet onion, and fresh herbs of your choice (we like thyme).

Do you cook with frozen chopped spinach?

  • Yes - spinach is a healthy ingredient and it is convenient to have frozen spinach on hand
  • No - I don't like spinach
  • Not yet - I haven't tried frozen spinach, but I'm willing to try
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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

steph! That looks quite wonderful and this hub has now made me hungry... I think I will experiment with this to create a vegetarian version! awesome hub!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is a winning recipe in my book! I love the added roasted peppers, one of my favorite flavors. Great idea for a game night or movie night at home. Voted interesting and useful.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Dave! Yes - this dish can definitely be converted into a vegetarian option. Hope you enjoy! Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks teaches - I love roasted peppers too! This is definitely a good recipe for a game night or movie night. Cheers, Steph


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

What a great recipe! I think that my kids would really enjoy this one. Thanks for sharing your great idea.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I love spinach and tuna, so this recipe looks and sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing it!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

My kids loved it! Although I cracked up when they asked what the "green stuff" was. Even better is the fact that my husband really enjoyed this dish as well. Best to you! Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Pamela - it is so tasty! I love spinach and tuna, too. A great combination. Cheers, Steph


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retire4hire 4 years ago from California

Eggs were mentioned twice but ingredients call for 1 egg. Does this mean to reserve some egg white to whisk with water for the dough glaze and use the yolk and remaining egg white with the spinach?


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great recipe, Steph, and not just for kids! I love tuna and have never had it with spinach. I'll have to give it a try sometime.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi there - yes, I will make the corrections to the recipe. Thanks for pointing this out. Thanks, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you, R.C.! Tuna and spinach are great ingredients together. Hope you try it and like it! Best, Steph


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Love spinach and love tuna, it's a must for me!

looks and sounds so yummy, thank you!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hello, Steph, it's seems wonderful, I don't know about the spinach with my kids, they are a bit funny about green ingredients, but I'll sure try it. Voted up! Thanks for SHARING! Have a great day!


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Suzie ONeill 4 years ago from Lost in La La Land

Sounds good! I'm going to have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing! :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Lesley - thanks! Hope you try it soon. Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL algarveview, the first time I made this, my 14 year old son said, 'Wow, that looks and smells so good, what's in it?' When I got to spinach, he said, no thanks. But fortunately got him to try it anyway and he really loves this recipe now. :) Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Suzie! Cheers, Steph


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I'm so glad I came across this recipe. I need something quick to make for dinner tonight that still has some nutrition; this recipe is perfect. I can't wait to try it out.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Great to hear! Hope that it works for you tonight. Let me know! Best, Steph


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I did make this the other night and it was really easy and quick to prepare and bake as you said. It also was really delicious. I was definitely time-crunched and will certainly make this again.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Oh, I am so thrilled to hear that! Of course I think the food we make at my house is good, but love to hear others like the recipes too. :) Best, Steph


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Another great recipe. I love tuna and spinach! Many votes!

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